The first thing I noticed about London was that people speak English there. That wasn’t a surprise, of course, but it was a relief. Many days in many places where many other languages are used had worn me down a bit. I was tired when I landed in London. But I was happy to be… Read More Old Man in London
For the first time on this adventure, I changed cities via a train. It was a nice reprieve from air travel. I met Angie (Hungary) and Kate (Slovakia) in the dining car. They had recently returned from Finland, where they had taught English for a few months. They were going to Prague to drink lots… Read More Prague Blague
The travel shows and guides that I’ve seen on Budapest always highlight one experience as essential here: a visit to one of the public baths. Budapest rests on hot springs that supply water to a set of public baths in the city. But would I need to wear a Speedo? I mean, that’s what European… Read More Scott Wears a Speedo?
When I was in elementary school, I read a biography on Alexander the Great. His story captured my imagination. I still remember a lot from that book. And since that time, I have wanted to visit Athens, especially the Acropolis. A cousin visited when he was in high school, and I’ve never forgotten a photo… Read More Striking Greece (or Waiting for the Acropolis)
I met Marianne and Rolf in September 2015 on Day 2 of the Camino de Santiago. They are Swedes who like to walk very much. A few years ago they moved to the town of Kárystos on the Greek island of Evia. While we were in Spain, Marianne and Rolf told me about their island and… Read More Hiking Greece
There are two airports that serve greater Istanbul. The new one is on the European side of town. The old one is pretty far out on the Asian side of the city. It was not a big surprise that Pegasus Airlines, a no-frills Turkish carrier, flew into the old Asian airport. So my Istanbul experience… Read More Istan-cool*